We last week wrote a news item on Aylesbury Vale District Council planning to set up a broadband company to improve superfast broadband coverage in the area and we have since learnt that the project will utilise fixed wireless broadband.
The Bucks Herald in last Wednesdays print edition actually highlighted that there is a small commercial operator (four full and six part-time employees) Village Networks already operating in the area providing an up to 24 Mbps service to the exact same areas.
With no clearly defined broadband speed goals there is a real risk that the firm the District Council creates may really just be a vehicle to squeeze out an existing operator and not actually deliver much more in terms of speeds. The local rumour machine is already running with talk of the council broadband company having done a deal to sell the as yet non-existent network to a FTTH provider, which is probably just wishful thinking but could give decision makers the idea that the new firm is a stop gap leading towards FTTH/FTTP.
If the council really wants to go ahead and spend some £1.5 million of tax payer money while also effectively forcing an existing firm out of business they need to ensure that the speeds the new wireless network deliver are seriously fast and not just a Meg or two over the base line superfast definition of 24 Mbps and faster.